Sunday, October 30, 2011

31 Days Of Library Living {Day 30}: Liberty Is Another Word For Library

A few years ago when my personal world was rocked from head to toe, I was looking for courage. While browsing through a bookstore's devotional section, my eyes landed on this captivating cover:

At the time I didn't think of this book for myself, but as a book that my husband could read with our oldest son, so I bought it and brought it home. Each night, I would hear them reading and discussing, questioning and occasionally pausing to catch their breath from the gloriousness of what they had just discovered: courageous men ~ and women. 

During the day, I would tiptoe into my son's room and read what they had the previous evening, and sometimes jump ahead so I could be in the know on that evening's discussion. Throughout the book, the same man kept coming up, front and center: John Adams. After finishing the book, my husband said we needed to know more about him, so we rented the HBO mini-series, John Adams, and fell head over heals in love. With John. And Abigail. And David McCullough.

Close your eyes. Make a wish. And when you've finished, thank God for John Adams. And wish him a Happy Birthday today. 

I had big plans for a celebration, but my health over the past two weeks has been compromised, so we did something simple. I own numerous copies of David McCullough's book, John Adams, because I'm forever loaning them out to anyone silly enough to ask me who my favorite author is. I left one on a bench with a small note congratulating the lucky finder that the book is a gift in honor of John's birthday. I hope they read it. And tell their children about him. Especially about the liberty part.

Our public libraries give us access to that knowledge, and every time you walk through their door you are in essence preserving liberty. When you read history to your children, you are giving the gift of liberty. I have learned that it can take courage to say no to TV (and anything else distracting) and say yes to reading to our children daily. But you will never regret that time. You will never wish that you had spent your valuable moments on something else. 

Looking for some courage today? Borrow this beauty from your library:

You can see the letter we wrote to John Adams here. Yes, I'm a tad obsessive, but I know it and have accepted it and kinda love it a lot.

Thank you for joining and encouraging me in this amazing month-long blogging adventure. It all started here.

Thank you, Nester, for inspiring all of us 31 Dayers.

Most of all, thank you librarians. You are the true defenders and preservers of one of the most precious liberties we have in this country - free access to knowledge. It is right up there with our freedom to practice any religion we choose.

xoxo Michele